The best things to do in the Porongurups

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Do you feel like you’ve explored all the hot spots down south? Then its time to start hitting the hidden gems of the south west region, starting with the Porongurup National Park.

Porongurup is a small village in the Shire of Plantagenet, 45km north of Albany with a population of just 370 people, and its national park is filled with some amazing things to do, places to eat and spots to stay:

SEE & DO

Castle Rock Granite Skywalk

This hike will have you feeling on top of the world. Regarded as one of the most unique experiences in the Great Southern, the Granite Skywalk on the top of Castle Rock is a must on any Porongurup itinerary. Be prepared to work up a sweat, as you’ll need to tackle a 4.4km return hike to enjoy the views of the Granite Skywalk, but the trek will be worth it. Once you reach the top of Castle Rock and walk along the Granite Skywalk lookout, you’ll be treated by views of the Stirling Range, Mount Manypeaks, and vast farmland.

Castle Rock Skywalk

Jilba Farmers Market

A small town visit is never complete without visiting the local farmer’s markets. Jilba Market in Porongurup is a working avocado, cattle and olive farm offering great seasonal produce. All of their products are farmed naturally without chemical fertilisers or pesticides. You can visit their store or join them at their organic farmers market on the first and third Sunday of the month. During the markets, you’ll also find a range of small business stalls selling arts, crafts, clothes, jewellery, bric-a-brac, and more. If you want to take home a souvenir, this is the place to shop.


Nancy Peak and Devil’s Slide

If you don’t mind getting your heart pumping and have some decent hiking experience, then the trail to Nancy Peak and Devil’s Slide is worth the effort. It’s a 7km round trip to reach Nancy Peak with a detour to enjoy Devils Slide. The impressive views along the hike will leave you in awe as you pass through the towering karri trees and lush forest.

Porongorup Things to do Nancy's Peak

Art galleries

If you’re a bit of an art connoisseur, there are a series of great art galleries to peruse during your time in Porongorup. Adjacent to the town’s general store and tea room, is a gallery displaying a range of works by local artists. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions where an assortment of art can be purchased. There are also three stunning galleries nearby: Gallery at Dukes Vineyard, Manyat Peak Gallery and Lothlorien Studio. Some galleries can be visited by appointment only, so it’s best to check before you head in.


Twin Creeks Conservation Reserve

Just a brief drive north of the Porongurup Range lies Twin Creeks Conservation Reserve. This 511-hectare property is passionately maintained to conserve local flora and fauna by the Friends of the Porongurup Range, a volunteer non-profit. The reserve is open to the public at no cost, and offers a range of short walks for nature enthusiasts, showcasing diverse wildlife and plant life. Amenities include picnic areas, BBQs, and restrooms, allowing you to spend a full day exploring.


Tree-in-the-Rock

Nestled in Porongurup National Park is the remarkable Tree-in-the-Rock – a tree growing within a granite boulder, formed over centuries by the dissolution of the rock surface. It’s located just a brief 100m stroll from the Tree-in-the-Rock day-use area through karri and marri forest. The walk offers a serene immersion into nature with lush greenery and bird sounds. The day-use area provides amenities like toilets, barbecues, and picnic spots, serving as a starting point for various walking trails.

EAT & DRINK

Winery hopping

Porongurup boasts a lineup of top-notch wineries, making it a paradise for wine enthusiasts. Spend a day winery hopping and indulge in some tastings along the way. We suggest trying the varieties best suited to the Porongurup area, including dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet blends. What makes it even better? Each winery is set against the backdrop of picturesque ranges and breathtaking scenery. Here are some of our top choices to add to your itinerary:

Porongorup Things to do Dukes Vineyard

Maleeya’s Thai Cafe

If you’re a fan of authentic Thai food, you can’t go past Maleeya’s Thai Cafe. Featured in the Australian Gourmet Traveler Guide six years in a row, it’s no surprise this is one of the most popular places in town. Maleeya even cooks her authentic Thai dishes with herbs from their organic veggie garden. As a favourite among foodies, you’ll need to book ahead to secure a spot.


Mt Barker Country Bakery

Just up the road from Porogonup, you can enjoy one of Australia’s best pies at the Mt Barker Country Bakery. You’ll be spoiled for choice with over 25 pie varieties all baked from scratch. Some notable mentions include the prawn and scallop pie, the cranberry and camembert pie and the Thai green chicken curry pie. Once you try one you won’t be surprised that this small-town bakery has won national awards for their pies! This is a one-stop shop for all baked goods including freshly baked breads, cakes, and slices too.

Porongorup Things to do Mt Barker Bakery

Woodlands Distillery

The Woodlands Distillery offers a unique experience for spirits enthusiasts seeking both great drinks and stunning scenery. The distillery is located in a charming converted shearing shed and boasts breathtaking mountain views. They craft small-batch, locally-made spirits including gin, vodka, brandy, liqueurs, and whiskey. The Woodlands Distillery is open for public visits from Friday to Tuesday between 11am to 4pm.


Karri On Bar

On the doorstep of Porongurup National Park, you’ll find the historic Karri On Bar, a favourite amongst locals and visitors. This is one of the best spots in town to sample local craft beers and wine. The bar offers a relaxed family atmosphere, perfect for a bite to eat after a day of exploring. You can enjoy a range of great bar food, including woodfired pizzas.

Porongorup Things to do Karri on Bar

The Porongurup Village Inn & Tearooms

Boasting “good ol’ home fashion cooking in the heart of the Porongurups” the Porongurup Inn is a must stop. If you fancy an afternoon tea, they’re famous for their Devonshire tea with homemade scones and cream. Otherwise, you can stop for a hearty lunch too. They also offer a range of homemade desserts made with organic ingredients from their veggie garden. Special mention to their mulberry sundae and sticky date pudding that will have you rolling out the door.

STAY

Woodlands Retreat

Enjoy a luxury experience at Woodlands Retreat nestled in the Porongurup National Park. This is the ideal spot to let your worries wash away and enjoy the ultimate getaway emerged in nature. Pop open a bottle of wine, open a book, and sink into the warm waters of the spa. The two bedroom chalets offer the perfect getaway for up to four people where you’ll even be welcomed with complimentary local wine and snacks. Breathtaking views in all directions offer the ultimate accommodation for tranquillity and relaxation while remaining central to all the best attractions in Porongurup.

Woodlands Retreat

Porongurup Chalets

If you enjoy a more unique and secluded experience, then the Porongurup Chalets will be the perfect accommodation for you. The charming a-frame chalets are tucked away at the entrance of the national park. There are four standalone chalets to choose from, each offering two bedrooms, a lounge, a dining space, a bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. This is the epitome of cosy and serene accommodation, nestled in amongst the Aussie bush.

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